Teens Interview tips

1. INTERVIEW  TIPS  FOR  TEENS     Before  the  Interview:   ã Know  the  job  you’re  applying  for:   o What  is  the  job  description?    Do…
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  • 1. INTERVIEW  TIPS  FOR  TEENS     Before  the  Interview:   • Know  the  job  you’re  applying  for:   o What  is  the  job  description?    Do  you  understand  all  of  it?   o Do  you  have  the  skills  required  for  the  position?   • Do  you  have  a  resume?     o If  so:  Have  someone  take  a  look  at  your  current  resume  and  ask  for  feedback.       • Demonstrate  your  worth   o What  will  make  you  stand  out  from  others  applying  for  this  job?   o Can  you  provide  real  solid  examples  of  success  at  your  current  job,  school,  or   extracurricular  activities?   o No  experience?  Be  creative!    Use  school  projects,  extracurricular  activities  (Sports,  clubs)  or  even   hobbies  as  examples  of:   • Teamwork   • Organization   • Problem  Solving   • Persistence   • If  you  don’t  have  a  resume,  you  should  prepare  one.  See  our  Guide  to  Preparing  a   Resume.     Standing  out  in  an  interview:   • Shake  hands  with  the  person/people  you  are  interviewing  with   • Smile!   • Dress  for  success!   o Always  over-­‐dress  for  an  interview.       o It  is  not  appropriate  to  wear  jeans,  t-­‐shirts,  or  open  toed  shoes  to  an  interview   o Ladies:    No  tank  tops  or  exposed  shoulders,  cleavage,  or  midriff.    Dress  conservatively;  nothing  sparkly  or  flashy.    You  want  the  employer   to  see  who  you  are  as  a  person  and  not  be  distracted  by  your  clothing.    Limit  the  amount  of  jewelry  and  makeup  you  wear.   o Gents:    Slacks,  button  up  shirt,  and  a  tie.    A  jacket  would  complete  the  outfit  but  it  is  not  necessary.   • Research  the  company  you  are  interviewing  with   One  of  the  most  common  interview  questions  you  will  hear  is:    “Why  do  you  want  to  work  here?”  or  “What  do  you  know  about  our  company?”  
  • 2. INTERVIEW  TIPS  FOR  TEENS     o Show  that  your  research  was  a  mile  deep  not  an  inch  deep.   o Show  that  you  understand  the  company  inside  and  out.   Some  examples  of  what  might  be  helpful  to  know  about  the  company:    It’s  Motto    It’s  product  and  what  makes  them  stand  out    It’s  competitors    Recent  news  events    It’s  senior  management  and  their  history  with  the  company   o Taking  the  time  to  know  the  company  you  are  interviewing  with  will  benefit   both  you  and  the  employer.  It  can  help  you  determine  if  this  is  the  right  job  for   you.    If  it  is  a  company  you’d  want  to  work  for,  it  demonstrates  your  interest   and  enthusiasm  in  the  company  –  making  the  employer  more  likely  to  invite  you   to  a  second  interview  or  hire  you.       o Prepare  some  questions  in  advance  to  ask  the  interviewer    “What  is  your  favorite  part  of  working  here?”    “What  type  of  training  is  offered  at  this  job?”    “What  do  you  think  is  important  for  people  to  succeed  at  this  job?”    “What  is  the  most  difficult  part  of  this  job?”   • Contact  us  to  go  over  the  questions  you  have  prepared  to  ask.   After  the  Interview:   • Shake  hands  with  the  person/people  you  interviewed  with.       • Thank  them  for  taking  the  time  to  interview  you.   • Send  a  follow  up  e-­‐mail:   o In  the  e-­‐mail  reiterate  your  interest  in  working  for  them  or  let  them  know   that  it’s  not  the  job  for  you.   o Include  another  ‘Thank  you’  whether  you  are  interested  in  working  for  them   or  not.     o Check  in  again  as  a  follow  up  (  if  you  did  not  discuss  a  follow  up  day,  usually   check  in  in  about  a  week     Example:   Dear  _______   Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  interview  me  today.    It  was  really  interesting  and  informative  to   hear  about___________.  Meeting  with  you  today  reaffirmed  my  interest  in  working  for  [company   name].    I  look  forward  to  hearing  from  you.   Sincerely,     John  Doe.        
  • 3. INTERVIEW  TIPS  FOR  TEENS     DOS  AND  DONTS-­‐  Interview  Etiquette     DO:     • Get  a  good  night’s  sleep     • Show  up  5  minutes  early   • Slightly  overdress   • Bring  a  resume,  folder,  note  and    pen   • Shake  hands  when  greeting  and  leaving  the  interviewer   • Focus-­‐  keep  eye  contact,  take  notes   • Research  the  company   • Prepare  questions  for  the  interviewer   • Thank  them  for  their  time     • Follow  up  with  a  thank  you  note  or  e-­‐mail     DON’T:   • Bring  your  cell  phone   • Go  to  the  interview  hungry   • CHEW  GUM!   • Dress  flashy   • Slouch   • Swear   • Show  up  too  early,  exactly  on  time,  or  late   • Bring  friends   • Be  distracted   • Yawn   • Share  too  much  personal  information   • Drink  an  energy  drink  before  the  interview                     Don’t  forget!  
  • 4. INTERVIEW  TIPS  FOR  TEENS     E-­‐mail,  Phone,  and  Internet  Etiquette     Check  your  e-­‐mails  daily   You  must  be  able  to  communicate  the  way  that  hiring  managers  communicate   If  it  is  hard  to  track  you  down  or  get  ahold  of  you,  employers  will  not  go  out  of  their  way  to  do   so.    You  must  show  that  you  are  eager  and  interested  in  getting  the  job.     When  writing  e-­‐mails:   -­‐Always  use  a  subject  line.   -­‐Use  full  sentences,  correct  grammar,  and  punctuation.       -­‐Include  a  signature  with  your  name  and  phone  number  at  the  end  of  each  e-­‐mail.   -­‐Have  a  professional  e-­‐mail  address.     Make  sure  your  voicemail  greeting  is  professional!   -­‐Make  it  simple  or  just  have  an  automated  message   -­‐no  trick  voicemails   -­‐no  music  (as  a  ring  back  or  a  voicemail)   -­‐CHECK  YOUR  VOICEMIAL  and  respond  as  soon  as  possible.     Answering  your  phone:     “Hi,  this  is  John”   Don’t  answer  your  phone  if  it’s  loud  in  the  background  and  you  can’t  talk.       Internet  searches   -­‐Many  employers  use  the  internet  as  a  way  to  screen  potential  employees.   Some  things  to  keep  in  mind:   -­‐Google  yourself   -­‐Facebook  and  other  social  media  websites  content     -­‐  Don’t  post  things  on  Facebook/Twitter  etc.  that  you  wouldn’t  want  an  employer  to   see.            
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